The road from Vancouver to Whistler is commonly known at the Sea to Sky Highway. Whistler is 125 km / 78 miles north of Vancouver, BC.
It is a favourite road for car commercials.
The elevation change from sea level to Whistler Village is only 675 meters – the Whistler summit is 2180 meters.
The highway went through massive upgrades for the 2010 Olympics.
Whistler evolved from a single hunting and fishing lodge. The Philips family built ‘Rainbow Lodge’ near Alta Lake back in the early 1900’s and it soon became hugely popular. More cabins and lodges were built and so started tourism in the area.
Originally named ‘London Mountain’ because of the frequent fog at lower elevations. It was often referred to as ‘Whistler’ due to the high-pitched whistle made by the Hoary Marmot. Later the locals preferred name of Whistler was formally adopted.
Skiing was the reason the area grew to its current size. In the 1960’s a group of Vancouver businessman that were passionate skiers and who also saw an opportunity decided to invest and build a ski resort. Not limiting themselves to a small project they wanted to bid for the 1968 Winter Olympics and so they built big. They were unsuccessful so they bid again for the 1972 Winter Games, again unsuccessful. They finally got to host the Winter Olympic Games in 2010. There was huge development and investment for the Olympics. The Olympics shared venues with the City of Vancouver. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Canada won the medal table! Only the second country in history to host and win the games.
Whistler and next door partner Blackcomb is a World Class ski area.
There are over 200 marked runs and plenty of off trail terrain.
There are 38 lifts including the worlds’ longest spanning gondola – the 4.4km Peak2Peak.
It has a skiable area of 1,925 hectares / 4,757 acres.
The average annual snowfall is 10.2 m / 33.5 ft!
The fun continues in the summer time. Mountain biking has become huge with Whistler Bike Park offering some of the world’s best downhill mountain biking. Not to mention the hiking trails, river rafting, bungee jumping, zip lining and many more awesome activities.
Whistler is in the Fitzsimmons range of the Coast Mountains.
More than 2 million people visit Whistler every year.
It is consistently voted one of the top resorts in North America by major ski magazines and publications.